|Find the best surf spots||
This is an interactive map! Use controls to pan and zoom this map.
Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Latitude: 10° 17.167' N
User rating (30)
Wannasurf.com is not responsible for the accuracy of the information contained in this guide. You use this guide at your own risk.
Choose your format: please login first
In the town of Tamarindo there is a dirt road that runs past Cala Luna Resort. Keep going south on this road for about 1-2km. Area was being developed with apartment buildings overlooking the break last time I was there.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Private access
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionWest, SouthWest
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
You will notice depending on the tide tha tthe wave peaks at the same place every time. Even though this is a river mouth there is a coral head that is exposed during low tide and remains just below the surface at high tide. Also keep an eye on your position with regard to the shore. (To the north of the mouth are submerged rocks that extend from the beach out fairly far)
As much fun as Playa Negra on fair sized surf. One of the better spots in the immediate area. If you want epic surf try Roca Bruja. (witch's rock)
By The Goat , 07-04-2009
Langosta - Rivermouth can be heavy. Beachbreak south of rivermouth can be nice too but be careful of reef/rock. Sliced my toe pretty good. Early morning on mid/high tide is best. Practically deserted. crossing with the currents in the estuary is fun too.
By Anonymous , 09-04-2008
yellowblack - If you look south of the rivermouth, you will see a closed out beach / shore break that looks small with fast grinding tubes from far away. It actually has fast grinding stand up tubes and is only surfed by locals. If you have the skill and guts to drop into a walled up thundering super fast hollow wave it could give you a great intense tube. There is a main place (hole?) where it forms shoulders for the waves breaking north or south of it, but I aint saying nothin. Fast, free falling, looks like a close out but isnt, thundering, shallow, sand bottom ( except for one random rock-good luck) vertical, drops and tubes. The main spot with the peak and the rock at the river mouth, blah blah blah is not what Im talking about. That place is crowded, filled with kooks, smells like feces (because the river is full of it) has rocks sticking up here and there and is fat and slow at higher tides and good and hollow at low. Low tide at Tamarindo, including Pico Grande, means no surf or rocks sticking up in the face of the wave at Pico Grande. But look beyond langosta River mouth at the tiny fast tubing waves, as you walk and walk and walk it gets bigger and bigger. If you are a kook or less then highly talented, its a dumping close out. If you are talented and are on a short board it make Playa Grande look like detritus, and you will come out of the tube to boost an air or bash the lip or do a spectacular floater of the end section that hooks in a bit.
By Over hyped poo , 18-09-2006
What spot - Been here for a year and this spot sucks. Playa Grande is a beach that actually has shape and could be called a spot. I guess a backed off closed out wave is a spot in Costa Rica. The only thing that is worse is Tamarindo, stingy ray capital of Costa Rica. Good luck. Other spots north or south have shape and are legit surf spots
You can edit this page to correct errors or add new information. If you have any problems regarding this page, Send us feedback.